Gits Ready Meals Pau Bhaji packet: Cheat code for cooking — Reviewed!

I usually am not a big fan of ready meals, but sometimes, you can opt for cheating on your meals and one such day can be on weekends. While sauntering in Dorabjee's, Camp on Saturday evening, I saw a rack full of attractive Ready Meals. Instantly that caught my attention was  Gits Pau Bhaji Ready meal and the mind of a housewife started churning to make this pav bhaji as bread bhaji with left over bread slices. Isn't it a great idea! :)

Number of companies are coming up with the Ready Meals packet. Amongst one is Gits and I prefer it because of the following reasons..
  • Fastest Food - Lazy cooks or people who are too hungry to wait for food delivery need to grab one such packet for instant satisfaction to hunger in 2-3 min.
  • Camping - Gits uses technology developed by National Food Research Laboratory to withstand extreme conditions, thus can be used for camping.
  • Travel - Homesickness can be overcome with the authentic Indian meal on the go.
Also, Gits Ready Meals  are shelf stable at room temperature for  months. No added flavours, colors, preservatives are the highlights. 

Heating: There are two methods with which it can be made...
  • Immerse the unopened pouch in boiling water for 3-5 min. Remove, cut, open, stir and serve.
  • Empty the contents in a microwavable bowl. Cover and microwave for 1-2 min. Stir and serve.
I was pretty excited to decode my cheat code. As soon as we reached home, I made my dinner in just 3 mins in 2 easy steps.
Open it
Heat it
Serve it
Following are the step by step pictures of the whole process.

Verdict: It may not taste as good as the one you make at home from scratch or the one which we get at restaurants or food carts but it surely saves your time and  efforts. Tastes best with chopped onion and lime juice.
Packet may mention 2 servings but the portion size was enough for one person with good appetite. I am surely gonna try and review other products soon! :) 

World Street Food Festival: Seasonal Tastes, Westin, Pune — Reviewed!

Who doesn't like street food! Street Food is closely associated with the bylanes of small towns, cities with local vendors selling array of ready to eat food post shopping with friends, family or sometimes alone. One can not be bored of melange of flavours which you get in street food. What could be better than a single place where all the street food from around the world is amalgamated. 

Yes, Seasonal Taste, Westin, has come up with a fantastic idea to pull people from their houses during monsoons to dig into irresistible local and international favorites.

We went to relish the delicacies for which Chef Harpal took us on a tour and showed us the buffet. Right at the entrance, one can see irresistible Chaat counter offering Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Bhelpuri, Dahi Bhalla, Bhakarwadi, Aloo Wadi, Papdi Chaat etc and as you move forward you can see Pita breads, variety of hummus, Falafal Rolls, Chicken Shawarama from Mediterranean region, Burgers from American, Satays from south east Asia, Tacos, Quesadillas from Mexican and Kulchas, Paranthas, Kachori, Bhajiyas, Kulfis from Indian region.

We were flooded with the delicious dishes; however, few of my favourites are..
Crispy, spiced Kachori with mango chutney,

Pani Puri with spicy and tangy water to tantalise the taste buds,

Chef Harpal's signature dish, Amritsari Kulcha - One of the best I had in Pune. Basic potato filling with butter, accompanied with chholey and tamarind chutney.

Appam and Stew - Real nice combo with Appam, I wish to be more crisp, though Stew was aromatic and the coconut milk flavour with the spices was a perfect marriage of flavours.

The festival is just for 10 days and one should not miss the opportunity to visit and indulge in the street food around the world under one roof!

What: World Street Food Festival
When: 23rd June – 3rd July , 2016 | Lunch & Dinner Buffet
Where: Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
Cost: Rs. 999+taxes (Lunch); Rs. 1249+taxes (Dinner)

The Ugly Ducking – BBQ Backyard : Ready to quack! — Reviewed!

The Ugly Duckling - Started as a dream by three passionate friends – Niranjan, Gaurav and Swapnil as a venture where they plan to do BBQ Backyard Pit Grills and Smoked Food. "When one smokes the duck, it might look ugly but tastes great. hence the name", says Gaurav explaining the idea behind The Ugly Duckling. Their forte is smoked food with grills in which veggies or meat is smoked in for hours in the grill and then use it for making a delicacy. It needs immense hard work and practice to keep an eye on the food that is being smoked.

Small and cosy cafe in Baner have limited seating arrangement including mezzanine but that cannot stop one from pulling in for the scrumptious food and friendly atmosphere. A very unique idea of showcasing the love received from their happy customers can be seen on the iron staircase leading to the upper floor. Colorful notes oozing out love adorn the beauty of the cafe. Soothing music can surely lift up your mood. 

Menu is limited but customizable. American inspired All day breakfast to Salads, Sandwiches, Appetizers, Main Course, Desserts, Mocktails, Cocktails, Coffee is more than enough to lure you. We started with a spicy mocktail – Strawberry Jalapeno, a sweet-spicy drink was refreshing and a great start to our gastronomic journey. Recommended!

On a healthy and delectable note, we were served Stuffed Courgette Rolls and Sweet Potato Fries. A very basic yet attractive and lip-smacking dish was Stuffed Courgette Rolls with Olive Oil, Balsamic and cheese, and nothing can go wrong. All the flavours were perfectly balanced which bursts in your mouth with each portion. Recommended! 

Sweet Potato Fries, surely a healthy option, were cooked evenly but could have been more crisp with added seasoning.

A super looking Master chef style platter – Smoked Veg Balls was next in the list. Big flat platter with smoked veg balls, sauteed vegetables and burnt garlic rice looked beautiful. Veggies were smoked for some time, mashed, added spices and were made balls, deep fried and incorporated in oh-so-delicious spinach and garlic puree. Veg Balls were melt in mouth and the blend of flavours, spices, sauces could be felt with the first bite. Highly Recommended!

Bell Peppers, Brocollli, Carrots smoked, stir fried in oil, and sprinkled with bit salt and pepper added freshness to the platter.
Burnt Garlic Rice was making the platter fulfilling. Tasted best with the spinach puree. Perfectly made rice.

Cheesy lovers, here is French Spaghetti with garlic bread for you! A different style of Au Gratin in which Spaghetti is cooked in Bechamel sauce (white sauce) with lots of vegetables and cheese again. It could be a meal in itself. The portion size is quite good. Though the main dish may be Spaghetti but the star addition was crispy, crunchy, delicious garlic bread. I could eat that whole basket of garlic bread all by myself. Highly Recommended!
It will not happen that the Nachos are there in the menu and I won't try. After a huge meal, I was wanting to just taste and asked for small portion, to which they readily agreed. Nachos were crisp, flavoured but the sour cream and toppings were missing for me. It was served with salsa and topped with cheese sauce and olives. Salsa was overpowered with onions but had tangy taste of tomatoes as well.

On a sweeter note, newly introduced Red Velvet Hot Chocolate was served. Somehow it did not interest my palate and unfortunately was the only dish that was not appetising. However, if you really wanna enjoy, go for Traditional Hot Chocolate, which I might try in my next visit.

Service was quick and price wise and staff were courteous and happy.

What: BBQ, American Cafe
Where: Shop 3, Basant Bahar, Opposite Mont Vert Finesse, Baner Pashan Link Road, Baner, Pune
Cost: Rs.650 for two people
Timing: 11am -11 pm

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